My maternal Grandmother liked cats and dogs. She had a way with animals. I could never understand how she taught her critters to understand German.
As a young person I found foreign languages just that F.O.R.E.I.G.N. My Mother spoke German and my Father spoke Finn..and I spoke English. I think my parents preferred it that way..Dad would talk to his brothers in Finn and Mom would talk to her sisters in German..I recall my Mother saying that she felt left out of the Finn conversation..well join the group. I felt left out of all the conversations. I think maybe they did it on purpose so that little ears would not hear adult “stuff.”
Back to Grandma and her German understanding cats and dogs. Grandma always had some kind of wiener dog..a Dachshund..low to the ground with toe nails that would click all the way across the linoleum that covered the kitchen floor. Their names were always similar too..Doxie and Dixie and Trixie..or some such name that is buried so far back in my head that it won’t come out when I want it too. Grandma would tell that dog to sit, roll over or dance and twirl in German and the little fat elongated dog would do whatever Grandma said. Then Grandma would give the dog a treat..my Grandma was an excellent cook.. no doubt the dog liked her cooking too!
These are Grandmas Cats..sitting on the front step..waiting..waiting for Grandpa to come out carrying the slop pail..or waiting for him to go and milk.
Those cats had a perfectly warm barn to go to..yet here they were huddled on the steps. I noticed that someone brought Grandma a wooden ski decoration and a festive wreath, I wonder why one ski was stained and one was natural looking? I will guess that this photo was taken some time in the 1970’s around Christmas time.
In later years I would attend a dog obedience class with a Police Officer and his K9 partner. He spoke to his dog in a foreign language and with hand signals..it was then I understood. My Grandmother didn’t want just anyone ordering her animals around.
We have a winner of the snow stick contest..the snow left March 13 at about 3:30PM. Chance will reveal the winners and the prizes tomorrow:)